Why do you think there were so many conversions
and baptisms among the Dakota at Fort Snelling in 1862? Read below
and see Fort Snelling for further
Historian Mark Diedrich reported:
But while the Dakotas were outlaws to most,
the missionaries saw them as potential converts. Catholic priest
baptized 184 children, and a one-hundred-year-old man... Hinman
represented the Episcopal church, and baptized fifty-two adults,
including Taopi. On March 18, 1863, Bishop Whipple visited the
camp and confirmed forty seven. During these services, the Dakota
in their medicine bags, war spears, and hatchets, and renounced
their heathen abominations. Whipple returned again
on April 29-30 and confirmed about eighty others.
||Bishop Whipple baptized Dakota prisoners
at Fort Snelling. Courtesy
of the Minnesota Historical Society.